Asus announced its Zenfone 3 lineup back in August of the previous year. Since then, they have released a bucket full of its successors in the market.
The lineup mainly focusses on a bigger battery. The first Zenfone Max came with a 5000mAh battery. However, the Zenfone 3 Max comes with 4100mAh battery only. But, even that is pretty decent!
Although the lineup seems to be a promising one in the mid-range smartphone market, they come with a premium price tag. No doubt the features packed in are decent. Just that they are slightly overpriced.
The new addition to this lineup is the Asus Zenfone 3 Max which comes in 2 variants- ZenFone 3 Max 5.2 and ZenFone 3 Max 5.5. The difference is not in the storage capacity or RAM but their screen size, camera, and processor. Today we’ll be reviewing the ZenFone 3 Max 5.5 variant.
Build & Design
There is nothing special to say about the design; the phone is similar to every other smartphone in the market. The phone embodies a metal frame paired with a contoured (2.5D) glass enhancing the grip to hold the smartphone. However, the all glass front and brushed metal back does give it a premium and classy feel. It actually looks better than its sibling, the Zenfone 3 which is more expensive.
The curved edges and metal back give a nice in-hand feel. The power key and volume rocker are ergonomically placed and are a delight to use. However, the capacitive buttons at the front are not backlit, so you will have to face a little difficulty while using it in the dark.
The build quality is much better than the cheap plasticky feel in many other smartphones, including the original Zenfone Max, making it aesthetically beautiful.
The smartphone comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display with a 2.5D curved glass on top. The viewing angles are good, and color levels are punchy. Also, the display performs well and can be seen clearly even under direct sunlight. It has 401 pixels per inch.
The display is a decent one and much better than the Zenfone 3s Max which comes with an outdated HD display. However, it doesn’t stand out anyway. The display won’t satisfy you if you are already used to vibrant AMOLED displays.
The smartphone have thin bezels and decent speakers, making it the perfect choice for those who consume video content. However, the black border all around the display can be really distracting especially with the White color variant.
The smartphone is pitched into the market with the USP of a big battery. But, it’s actually not that big. The phone houses a 4100mAh battery, which is 900mAh lesser than its previous model. The competitor, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 also offers the same battery. However, the ASUS PowerMaster app might help you optimize your phone and make the most of the remaining juice as it claims to boost your battery performance by up to 2 times.
The reverse charging feature in the smartphone can turn it to a power bank whenever required. Overall, the battery does outperform many other mid-range smartphones.
The smartphone houses a 16MP rear camera along with an 8MP selfie snapped. The camera quality is pretty decent and works well even in low light conditions. Over that, the phone even has a low light mode to ensure that your pictures are perfect. If you are into smartphone photography, you are going to love this one!
The Zenfone 3 Max is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor with a clocking speed of 1.4 GHz. It is paired 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage expandable by up to 128 GB. The processor is a bit outdated but is still promising. It offers smooth multitasking with no abnormal heating even while heavy usage. However, graphic intensive games would suffer frequent frame drops and lag. But, there is no such downside if you are looking to buy this one for day to day usage.
Although the Zenfone 3 Max has a stellar battery life, an excellent camera, and a decent design, the processor offered is a low-end one.
The smartphone will entice you if you are looking to buy it purely for multimedia purpose. But, you need to keep in your mind that the phone is quite overpriced.